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Why the actions of West Ham supporters are simply unacceptable

West Ham’s defeat against Burnley was marred by crowd trouble.

Max Cohen



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West Ham United’s 3-0 home loss at the hands of Burnley was embarrassing for a number of reasons, but the behaviour of some supporters was simply despicable. The match was marred by constant pitch invasions, fighting in the stands, and abuse of the owners, a sad throwback to an era of football that many thought was firmly in the past.

The West Ham faithful are understandably displeased with the state of their club. The Hammers have endured a disastrous season which has left the side teetering precipitously outside of the relegation zone. A dreadful run of three straight defeats, where West Ham have conceded 11 and scored just two, has led to a poisonous atmosphere in East London.

But more than anything, the majority of the angst is centered against the board. A perceived lack of quality investment, an over-reliance on washed-up former stars, and a failure to replace key departures are chief on the list of grievances.

And on top of all this, the club was relocated from their spiritual home of Upton Park in 2016, moving to the characterless London Stadium – a ground far more suited to athletics than football.

All of these reasons certainly give West Ham supporters cause for concern, as they watch their club fall apart before their eyes. Yet there can be absolutely no sympathy for the despicable actions of a select group of supporters over the weekend.

Pitch invasions are never acceptable, and the supporters who took it upon themselves to disrupt their own players are the epitome of stupidity. Anyone who watched Mark Noble’s emotional interview following the match understands the psychological effect pitch invasions can have on footballers – the West Ham captain felt the need to have to protect himself.

In addition, the owners faced violent protests directly outside their box, with David Sullivan even hit in the face by a coin thrown from the mob, as reported by the Daily Mail. No matter what one thinks of Sullivan’s management of the club, violence is never an appropriate response.

There were visible scenes of young supporters fleeing to the Burnley bench to evade fighting in the stands, and further reports that the Metropolitan police received two allegations of assault and a female steward found herself knocked to the ground.

While it must be acknowledged that this trouble was only caused by a select number of West Ham fans, with the rest being thoroughly decent supporters and people, the entire debacle will do no favours to West Ham’s bid to remain in the Premier League.

West Ham’s next two matches in front of the poisonous home crowd? Southampton and Stoke. If crowd trouble persists during these vital six-pointers, then the Hammers might be facing the possibility of Championship football for the first time since 2012.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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Five ins and outs West Ham could complete this week

West Ham’s spending spree at the London Stadium shows no signs of stopping.



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Manuel Pellegrini has wasted no time in the transfer market following his arrival at West Ham this summer and deals continue to be lined-up by the Hammers.

The club-record capture of Felipe Anderson from Lazio at the weekend took the club’s spending this summer past the £85 million mark, according to TransferMarkt, and departures are likely to help balance the club’s finances.

However, despite already signing eight new players, Pellegrini’s side continue to be linked to further arrivals as the Hammers look to climb the Premier League standings next term and fight for a return to European football.

Ahead of what could be another busy week for the Hammers, we have identified five deals that could be concluded this week.

Bernard: Free transfer

The captures of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko have bolstered West Ham’s line in the final third, reducing the club’s reliance on Hammer of the Year Marko Arnautovic, but Pellegrini seems to be eyeing further depth.

Available on a free transfer following his exit from Shakhtar Donetsk, having spent five years in Ukraine, Portuguese outlet O Jogo have stated that West Ham have outbid Benfica in the hunt for the 25-year-old Brazil ace.

According to the report, West Ham have offered £6.2m as a signing bonus and are prepared to pay the explosive winger £68k-a-week if he completes a move to the London Stadium.

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Jordan Hugill to Leeds United

Signing from Preston North End in January, Jordan Hugill earned just 22 minutes of Premier League football for West Ham in the second-half of the season and an exit is likely before the start of the new campaign.

The Sun states Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are eyeing a move for the 26-year-old forward as the Lilywhites aim to battle for a return to the top-tier, although Hugill’s wage demands mean only a loan deal is on the cards.

QPR are also eyeing a move for Hugill, who is expected to be allowed to leave the London Stadium despite the recent injury to Andy Carroll.

Yerry Mina: Barcelona

After the defender outscored Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi at the World Cup, Yerry Mina has become hot property in the market and Spanish outlet Sport name West Ham as one of three Premier League sides interested in his services.

The Hammers will face competition from Everton and Leicester City, who are also stated to have lodged bids for the 23-year-old Colombia international, and Barcelona may be forced into a sale due to LaLiga’s non-EU player regulations.

Barcelona have already hit their quota of three, with Mina taking up a slot alongside Philippe Coutinho and new signing Arthur, but the LaLiga champions continue to pursue Chelsea winger Willian – and Mina is likely to be sacrificed for a deal to go ahead.

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Javier Hernandez to Besiktas

After signing from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, former Manchester United man Javier Hernandez struggled to find his feet back in the Premier League and often saw Marko Arnautovic played centrally ahead of him in the latter stages of the season.

Turkish outlet Star report Besiktas’ interest in the 30-year-old Mexico international, who may find himself surplus to requirements following West Ham’s captures of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko – who could play either side of Arnautovic next season if the Austria ace leads the line.

“Of course I am a West Ham player still, but we’ll see,”

Javier Hernandez refuses to clarify his future ahead of the World Cup.

Marcelo: Lyon

Defence still seems to be the area of focus for Pellegrini, despite already signing Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbeuna, and Lyon centre-back Marcelo is reported to be the latest player targeted by the Hammers.

The Daily Mail states West Ham have seen a huge bid of £18m for the 31-year-old Brazil defender turned down by Lyon, who only joined the French side last summer, but the Ligue 1 giants are standing firm as they demand at least £20m for his services.

With Winston Reid facing three months on the sidelines, Pellegrini is keen to bolster the depth available to him at the back ahead of the 2018-19 season.

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Bernard deal would be coup over London rivals for West Ham United

West Ham have reportedly offered a contract to Bernard.

Mathew Nash



West Ham United’s impressive summer transfer activity does not look ending just yet. After incredible deals to sign Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere the Hammers now want to sign Brazilian international Bernard.

As reported by O Jogo, West Ham have offered the Brazilian star a €7 million (£6.2 million) signing on fee. Bernard, who is a free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk, is also set to make around €4 million (£3.5 million) a year at the London Stadium.

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West Ham first have to beat Benfica to his services. But if they did, it would be a huge coup bringing in a player that most of London have wanted in the past.

In the summer of 2013 both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were being heavily linked with a move for the Brazilian star Bernard.

“We had offers from Tottenham, and according to my Atletico president Arsenal were interested too, but didn’t have the money. All of it happened in a moment Europe was facing a serious financial crisis, so there was interest from various teams, but the only one able to pay straight away was Shakhtar.”

– Bernard after deals to head to England collapsed in 2013

The attacking midfielder was looking to make his move to Europe from Atletico Mineiro and it seemed London could be the location.

No deal ever came about for the player and, in the summer of 2014, he told FourFourTwo magazine that the English clubs were not prepared to pay the £21.5 million for his services upfront – unlike Shakhtar.

Chelsea have also been linked with the player. As reported by Brazilian site UOL in November last year, the Blues were keen on agreeing to a free transfer for the player

West Ham would, therefore, be bringing in a player who has been wanted at each of London’s top three clubs. It will be interesting to see if Bernard does sign for West Ham and if he can help the Hammers close the gap to their city rivals.

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Three strikers West Ham must consider after Andy Carroll’s latest setback

A new striker is needed with Andy Carroll out for three months.



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West Ham have been extremely active in the transfer market this summer but Andy Carroll’s latest injury leaves their forward line severely undermanned.

With Javier Hernandez not managing to fully impress in his return to the Premier League last term and Jordan Hugill featuring for just 22 minutes after signing from Preston in January, news from BBC Sport that Carroll will miss the first three months of the season following a recurrence of an ankle injury is not surprising.

Admittedly it is not a massive surprise given Carroll’s injury history and the latest setback shows Manuel Pellegrini where he needs to focus on strengthening his side, otherwise it could be another turbulent campaign in east London.

“Andy played and scored in Sunday’s match but is still reporting some discomfort in his ankle and further scans have revealed that he requires some minor surgery to provide more strength and stability to the area.”

Head of Medical, Richard Collinge, provides an update on Carroll’s injury.

Fortunately, though, there are bargains to be had in the market and we have collected three ideal targets here.

Gregoire Defrel – Roma

First linked with a move to West Ham last summer by Tuttomercatoweb, Gregoire Defrel eventually moved across Serie A from Sassuolo to join Roma but the France striker has struggled to make a positive impression during his time at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 27-year-old netted just one goal in 15 league appearances for Roma and Corriere Dello Sport claim he could be on the move once again, with West Ham attributed with an interest in his services alongside Sassuolo and Genoa.

While his record in front of goal last season was poor, Defrel would present a decent option in the squad for Pellegrini as an alternative to Mexico star Hernandez.

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Bas Dost – Sporting Lisbon

Seemingly linked with a move to the Premier League since the dawn of time, the Netherlands striker may end up coming to a stadium near you very soon following his departure from Sporting Lisbon – cancelling his contract after being attacked by fans at the training ground.

With 61 goals in 61 league appearances for the Portuguese giants, the availability of the 29-year-old on a free transfer is something West Ham should definitely not pass them by, having first tried to move for the striker way back in 2012, according to ESPN.

As far as free signings go, Bas Dost could potentially be one of the best in years and there is little risk attached to a transfer. He could even end up playing ahead of Javier Hernandez rather than a back-up option.

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Roberto Inglese – Napoli

Sky Italia (h/t Sky Sports) first reported West Ham’s interest in Napoli striker Roberto Inglese in June and speculation could begin to mount after Carroll’s injury, following a successful spell on-loan with Serie A minnows Chievo last term – scoring 11 goals in 32 appearances.

At 6 ft 1, Inglese could be the target man to replace Carroll in the long-term and the 26-year-old may be a better option to lead the line than Hernandez. However, his reported valuation of £17 million may be a difficult figure for a side, whose spending is approaching £100 million, to finance.

Sporting Lisbon, the club enduring a torrid time in the market amidst a wealth of departures, have been mentioned as potential candidates for Inglese’s services but West Ham should certainly make a move to beat them in the hunt.

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